God bless you Our journey with Hajj is a destination and life part Four


Written by Dr. Mohamed Barakat

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon the one who was sent as a mercy to the worlds, our master Muhammad and all his family and companions, and after:
To thee, O God, to thee, to thee, there is no partner for thee, for thee is the praise, and the grace, to thee and the king, there is no partner.
Words loved by the ears and loved by hearts, souls and bodies.
Words that have what comes after them and what comes before them is their origin, so their origin is monotheism, humiliation and refraction of God Almighty.
Yes to you, O God, to you..
We are still with Hajj, and its great benefits in all different fields.
He says: {to witness the benefits to them and mention the name of God in the days over the beast of cattle, eat them and feed the miserable poor}
(Surat Al-Hajj, Verse: 28)
Ibn Abbas said: (so that they may witness benefits for them) He said: the benefits of this world and the hereafter; As for the benefits of the hereafter, God’s will, and as for the benefits of this world, what they receive from the benefits of the body, profit and trade. Likewise, Mujahid and others said: It is the benefits of this world and the hereafter.
Yes, the benefits are many and varied.
The pilgrimage to the Sacred House of God is a great worship that God Almighty has imposed on every able Muslim, and it is one of the pillars of Islam upon which it is built. The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
(Islam is built on five testimonies that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God, establishing prayer, paying zakat, pilgrimage, and fasting Ramadan) [Sahih al-Bukhari, h 8]
Hajj is one of the acts of worship that has a great reward from God Almighty because of the hardship in it. It may appear to the hasty observer that it involves hardship and cost, including:
The hardship of travel, separation from family, loved ones, homelands, and after the apartment, as is explicit in the Almighty’s saying: (They will come to you on men and on every lean camel, they will come from every deep ravine).
Among the hardships of Hajj, my beloved, is the prohibition of the soul’s sanctuary and desires while wearing this act of worship, so the Muhrim does not marry the Muhrim, does not wear perfume, does not wear sewn clothes, does not obscene, does not immoral, and does not argue for his own victory
And if you look at the limitations and capacity of place and time, then the pilgrim cannot perform this worship except in its specific place and time specified for it.
And since there is some hardship in Hajj, and this is a reality for all, God made his order easy, lightened, and eased with several facilitations, including:
It is only upon the one who has the ability, strength and power:
(And to Allah belongs the pilgrimage to the House, whoever is able to do so)
And in the hadith: “Pilgrimage to the House is for those who are able to do so.”
In fact also, given that it is an ancient worship that God imposed on those before us, the Almighty said:
(And when We made known to Abraham the place of the House that you would not associate anything with Me, and purified my House for those who circumambulate and those who stood and bowed and prostrated, and proclaimed among the people the Hajj.
And if the matter is easy and easy.
Likewise, we find that it is a number of days that may not exceed a week for those outside Makkah, so how about those who live near it.
Likewise, it is not obligatory to perform it as an obligation and an obligation except once in the whole life, when it was proven in Sahih Muslim from the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may God be pleased with him, who said: “The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, addressed us and said: O people, God has enjoined Hajj upon you, so perform Hajj.” A man said: “This man He is Al-Aqra’ bin Habis, as stated clearly by Abu Dawood, and in his hadeeth with Abu Dawood, the statement that the obligatory Hajj is once, and what exceeds it is voluntary) (See Sunan Abi Dawood (12/139 H 1721):
Eat a year, O Sol of God? He remained silent until he said it three times, so the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him, said: If I said yes, it would have been obligatory and you would not have been able. something, so leave it.” (Sahih Muslim with an explanation of an-Nawawi/100-101).
Likewise, God, the Exalted, the Majestic, attached hearts to the love of this house and made hearts fall to it in response to the supplication of Ibrahim Al-Khalil, peace be upon him, when he prayed for this house and said: [Our Lord, I have settled some of my offspring in an uncultivated valley near your Sacred House. Fruits so that they may give thanks (verse 37 of Surah Ibrahim)
; And reaching the beloved forgets all the suffering and hardship.
And God, the Mighty and Sublime, has justified the matter with the intention of this house by obtaining the benefits for the one who intends, to the extent that it is as if he had not ordered him with this intention except to obtain those benefits, and the Almighty said:
He denied the benefits because all the worldly and hereafter benefits of Hajj permeate. On the authority of Ibn Abbas, may God be pleased with them both, he said:
“The benefits of this world and the hereafter. As for the benefits of the Hereafter, it is God’s will. As for the benefits of this world, they are not the benefits of the body and trade.”
Likewise, Mujahid and others from the predecessors, may God have mercy on them, said.
(Jami’ al-Bayan by al-Tabari 17/147, and Tafsir Ibn Kathir 3/226.)
Al-Tabari, may God have mercy on him, said, after mentioning the difference in determining these benefits: are they worldly or hereafter benefits, or both?
The first of the correct sayings is the saying of those who said: I meant this so that they may witness benefits for them from work that pleases God and commerce, and that is because God blesses them with the benefits of all that the season witnesses to and comes to Mecca during the days of the season from the benefits of this world and the hereafter, and he did not specify any of their benefits with news or reason In general, this is in the benefits described.
(Jami al-Bayan by al-Tabari 17/147).
Al-Zamakhshari, may God have mercy on him, said:
He denied the benefits, because he wanted benefits specific to this religious and worldly worship that are not found in other acts of worship, and on the authority of Abu Hanifa, may God have mercy on him, that he used to differentiate between the two acts of worship before he performed Hajj.
(Al-Kashshaf for Zamakhshari 3/152-153)
What this verse indicates is that God, the Mighty and Sublime, has made Hajj benefits as if He had not commanded it except in order to obtain them. As required by the lam in the verse: (that they bear witness)
(From the reasoning, then they are purely benefits for the pilgrim that no one else shares with him, as indicated by the expression “them”).
And you are amazed at this wise method and this transition from imagining the condition of the pilgrim, who is disheveled and dusty, who came from the hollows of the earth and finished his vehicle:
(They will come to you on men and on every lean camel, coming from every deep ravine).
So that the context may surprise you before you ask about the secret of a worship that exacts this apparent inconvenience that this hardship does not meet the worldly and hereafter benefits that have been placed in this worship for which the livers of camels are struck.
(So ​​that they may witness benefits for them (so you wonder about these benefits with eagerness and longing).
And the holy text remains tight for its generality (so that they witness benefits for them) to be generalized and scooped from it according to its bucket and water.
Among the benefits that fall into the generality of this noble verse are the following:
1_ Perfect success and guidance from God Almighty for the Muslim to complete the pillars of his religion; Hajj is one of the pillars of this religion. The Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: (Islam is built on five testimonies that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God, establishing prayer, paying zakat, Hajj, and fasting Ramadan).
2_ There is no doubt that the acts of Hajj are accustomed to submission and submission to the commands of God Almighty, even if it does not appear to your mind the face of wisdom in them; So you perform Hajj in this particular place from among all parts of the earth, and to perform this worship at this time specified for it, and circumambulate this House, kiss this stone, and stone the Jamarat.. It appears to your mind the face of wisdom from it, and criticism of everything that would elevate this religion, even if it did not appear to you what appeared to others in that.
3_ A complete reminder of important matters, especially some temporary matters that a person will inevitably go through, such as death, resurrection and recompense, so he prepares for them the necessary equipment of provisions and vehicles that will save him from the perils of the road and avoid his stumbling blocks, and in Hajj are thumbnails of some of these temporary matters; As soon as you left your country wearing the Ihram garment, and the family poured out the lessons when you bid farewell, you remember your departure from the home of the world to the hereafter, an exit without a meeting after it in this life, so it will be easy for you to this exit after which you hope to meet and be connected and prepare for that travel as you prepared for this journey. And you are still within your time limit; And by standing at the level of Arafat in this vast crowd, you remember your position at the resurrection when God gathers the first and the last on one level, as sight can penetrate them.
The caller hears them, the sun approaches, the people stifle the sweat, the anguish and the sermons intensify, so you prepare for that situation. You are still in your time.
; And when you depart from Arafat on the eve of the Lord’s approach and His forgiveness for His servants on this great day, you remember standing before God Almighty and your departure from that position, either to Paradise or to Hell, so you energize to prepare the equipment while you are still in a period of time to realize the defect before you wish to return, so you will not be able to do that, the Almighty said:
(Until when death comes to one of them, he says, “My Lord, come back, so that I may do righteousness in what I left.” No, it is a word that he said, and behind them is an isthmus until the day they are resurrected.)
(Verses 99-100 of Surat Al-Muminoon)
And the Almighty said:
(And those who disbelieve will have the fire of Hellfire. They will not be finished off, so they will die, and its torment will not be lightened for them. Thus we recompense every unbeliever while they cry in it. Our Lord, bring us out, we do righteousness other than what we used to do. Did we not age you with what is remembered in it who remembers and the warner has come to you, so taste? So, the unjust have no helper).
(Verses 36-37 of Surah Fatir)
4_ One of the greatest benefits in impact and status is the forgiveness of sins for the one who performs the pilgrimage to this House sincerely to God on Hajj, following God’s commands and avoiding His prohibitions. Allah says :
(So ​​whoever hastens in two days, there is no sin on him, and whoever delays, there is no sin on him for the one who is righteous.
(Verse 203 of Surat Al-Baqarah)
The imam of the exegetes and their sheikh, Abu Jaafar al-Tabari, may God have mercy on him, after he mentioned the disagreement of the commentators on the meaning of this verse: “The most correct of these statements is the saying of those who said the interpretation of that: Whoever hastened from the three days of Mina and fled on the second day, there is no sin on him, God will erase his sins if he He had been pious during his Hajj, so he avoided in it what God commanded to avoid, and did in it what God commanded to do, and obeyed him by performing what he was required to do from his limits. He has feared God in his pilgrimage by fulfilling his limits.” Then al-Tabari – may God have mercy on him – cited a number of hadiths indicating that Hajj is atonement for sins.
(Jami’ al-Bayan for al-Tabar 2/302-312).
And in the Sahih from the hadith of Abu Hurairah, may God be pleased with him, that the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: (He who performs Hajj and does not obscene or immoral, returns as the day his mother gave birth to him)
(Sahih Al-Bukhari H No. 1521)
And in Muslim’s narration of this hadith that the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: ((Whoever comes to this house and does not commit adultery or immorality, he returns as his mother gave birth to him)) (Sahih Muslim with Al-Nawawi’s explanation 9/118-119).
; And coming is more general than Hajj, as the Umrah is included in it.
And he, may God bless him and grant him peace, said:
(He came back as the day his mother gave birth to him) means that his sin was forgiven and that he came out of his Hajj with forgiveness of sins, like a newborn who was not compelled by the pen of duties.
(Sunan al-Tirmidhi 3/176 h 811)
5_ One of the greatest demands and great benefits is to be able to stand on the plain of Arafat on that great day and the famous place on the eve of the approach of the Lord, the Exalted, the Majestic, and He boasts to the people of that place His angels, forgives sins, forgives slips, fulfills hopes and demands, and frees people from the fire; On the authority of the Mother of the Believers, Aisha, may God be pleased with her, she said: The Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: There is no more day on which God frees a slave from the Fire than the day of Arafat, and that he approaches and then brags about them to the angels, saying: What did these want
(Sahih Muslim with an explanation of Al-Nawawi 9/117)
Imam Malik, may God have mercy on him, narrated in Al-Muwatta on the authority of Talha bin Ubaid Allah bin Kariz that the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
(The Shaytaan was not seen on a day when he was younger, nor was he defeated, nor was he humiliated, nor was he more angry than him on the Day of Arafat, and that was only when he saw whom mercy descends and God pardoned the great sins, except what I see on the day of Badr. It was said, What did he see on the day of Badr, O Messenger of God? He said: As for he had seen Gabriel shaking the angels.)
(Muwatta’ of Imam Malik 1/422, and this is mursal, and it was linked by al-Bayhaqi in al-Sha’ab – (1/115) – from the hadith of Abu al-Darda’, may God be pleased with him, after he brought it out from Malik’s path in a mursal, and the goodness of Ibn Abd al-Bar in al-Tamheed (1/91).
And Abu Omar bin Abdul-Barr said: “This is a good hadith about the merit of witnessing that blessed situation, and it contains evidence of the encouragement to perform Hajj.
(Al-Tamheed by Ibn Abd al-Barr 1/91).
6_ Among the great benefits is the banishment of poverty and sins. On the authority of Ibn Masoud, may God be pleased with him, that the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, said:
(Continue between Hajj and Umrah, for they eliminate poverty and sins as the bellows removes the impurities of iron, gold and silver, and the justified Hajj has no reward except Paradise) (Al-Tirmidhi in Al-Sunan (3/175 H 810), and he said: A good and authentic hadith, and it was included by Al-Nasa’i in Al-Sunan 5/115-116) .
; And any demand for a person is more precious than the denial of poverty and sins, and entry to Paradise, the abode of peace.
7_ Hajj is a season of global trade and harvest, as it is the place to which the fruits of everything are brought, as the Almighty said:
(And they said, “If we follow the guidance with you, we will be snatched from our land.”
(Verse 57 of Surat Al-Qasas)
It is the place where all the bounties of the earth gather and the pilgrims exchange the benefits of trade and conclude profitable deals.
It appears from the noble context and the hadiths of the Prophet that the Hajj was known by the Arabs as a global market and an exhibition of annual production and harvest. Everything that is inherited from my ignorance, the Almighty said:
(There is no sin on you if you seek bounty from your Lord).
(Verse 198 of Surat Al-Baqarah)
And Imam al-Bukhari, may God have mercy on him, narrated in the Sahih on the authority of Ibn Abbas, may God be pleased with them, who said – regarding the reason for this verse being revealed: “Ukaz, Majanah and Dhul-Majaz were markets in the pre-Islamic era, so they sinned to trade during the seasons, so it was revealed:
(There is no sin on you to seek bounty from your Lord during the Hajj seasons).
(Sahih al-Bukhari h 4519).
And Abu Dawood, may God have mercy on him, narrated on the authority of Ibn Abbas, may God be pleased with him:
(That at the beginning of the Hajj, people used to sell in Mina and Arafat and the market of Dhul-Majaz and the Hajj seasons, so they feared selling while they were forbidden, so God Almighty revealed: (There is no sin on you if you seek grace from your Lord during the seasons of Hajj)
(Sunan Abi Dawood, 1743)
Abu Dawud also narrated on the authority of Abu Umamah al-Taymi, who said: “I was a man who was forced in this way, and people used to say to me: You do not have a pilgrimage. Hajj, Ibn Umar said: Do you not perform ihram, pray, circumambulate the House, overflow from Arafat, and stone the Jamarat?
He said: I said: Yes. He said: If you have a pilgrimage, a man came to the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and asked him about something like what you asked me about, but the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, remained silent about it until this verse was revealed: He greeted him and recited this verse to him and said: “You have a pilgrimage” (Sunan Abi Dawood, 1733).
Through this verse and what was mentioned about the reason for its revelation, we feel that the permission to trade during the seasons of Hajj is as if it has narrowed its path so that it should not be at the expense of performing rituals, remembrance and supplication in these places and times that are a circumstance for that. And he said: (You have a pilgrimage), as it appears that this is not the basis for which you intend this worship, even if it comes as a consequence that does not violate this worship and its specific and well-known rituals.
We have seen in recent times those who attended these seasons and stood at Arafat and spent the night in Muzdalifah and flowed from it to Mina and did not enter the ihram for Hajj, but went out for the benefits of trade. It was as if in his senses it was said:
(There is no sin on you if you seek a pilgrimage)
Despite all this, we are looking forward to the day when the men of Islamic commerce and economy feel the importance of this season and take it as occasions for meeting and deliberating in everything that would raise the economies of their nation, and they see in that as worship what they see in the performance of rituals, for the whole life of a Muslim is worship if it is I sincerely intend to God:
(Say that my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are for God, the Lord of the worlds, He has no partner, and with that I have been commanded and I am the first of the Muslims)
(Verses 162-163 of Surat Al-An’am)
So you should know that Hajj is a great religious conference that accommodates hearts before bodies, and in it Muslims from all parts of the earth gather to perform this great worship, and they are filled with ropes and plains, and the valleys and valleys flow with them in a solemn procession, their chant is one despite the different races and tongues, everyone repeats:
(O God, you have no partner, you have no partner. Praise be to you and the blessing is yours, and the king has no partner for you)
(Agreed upon from the hadith describing the meeting of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace (Sahih al-Bukhari h 1549, and Sahih Muslim with an explanation of al-Nawawi 8/87-88).
; Thus, the elements of the unity of this nation appear in its cohesion, synergy, worship and language, which are the basic elements that preserve the nation’s strength, sovereignty and prestige among nations.
9- The Hajj is also a great season of advocacy in which Muslims come from all parts of the earth and gather in the best of days and the purest places in an atmosphere of tenderness, softness and defeat in the hands of God Almighty and at His door to forgive sins, forgive slips, fulfill hopes and remove obstacles; And a believer in this sense, there is no doubt that he is fully prepared to fulfill what his Lord commands him.
How could he not, when he only spent money and endured difficulties in order for his master to be pleased with him and accept him? Sincere preachers should seize this opportunity and not waste it, so that they teach the pilgrim – before he returns to his homeland and is surrounded by demons, men and jinn – that the one who forgives sins here is the one who forgives them there, and that the one who is worshiped here is the one who is worshiped there, and the one who commanded the pilgrimage is the one who ordered prayer, alms, fasting and forbade Usury and all prohibitions, apparent and hidden, and the feeling of brotherhood, cohesion and compassion here is required there.
The master of preachers, with my father, my mother, my soul, my soul, and all the physical organs of the Messenger of God, Muhammad, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, took advantage of this season despite the stubbornness of his people, their arrogance, and their fight against his call and their harm to him for its sake. Because it is an invitation greater than all stubbornness and abuse, for which it is a gift and honor. . Imam Ahmad narrated in Al-Musnad on the authority of Jabir, may God be pleased with him:
(That the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, spent ten years following the pilgrims in their homes during the season, in Majanah, in Okaz, and in their homes in Mina, saying: “Who will give me shelter, who will help me until I deliver the messages of my Lord, and for him is Paradise”?
He does not find anyone to support him and shelter him, even if a man leaves from Mudar or from Yemen to a person of mercy, then his people come to him and say: Beware the boy of Quraysh, do not tempt you. So the Qur’an recites him, and he turns to his family, and they embrace his Islam until there is no house left of Yathrib except in it a group of Muslims who manifest Islam. Then God sent us, so we gave orders, and we gathered seventy men of us.
So we left until we came to him in the season, so we brought him back to the people of Aqaba, so his uncle al-Abbas said: O my nephew, I do not know what these people who came to you. We said: O Messenger of God, to whom shall we pledge allegiance to you? He said:
(You pledge allegiance to me on hearing and obedience in activity and laziness, and on maintenance in hardship and ease, and on enjoining good and forbidding evil, and that you say in God that no blame will take you in him, and that you will support me when I come to Yathrib, so you will prevent me from what you prevent yourselves, your wives, and your children, and heaven for you)
So we pledged allegiance to him, and Asaad bin Zurara, who is the youngest of seventy, took by the hand and said: Slowly, O people of Yathrib, we did not hit him with the livers of the mount without knowing that he is the Messenger of God. And for killing your best men, and for leaving all the Arabs, take it, and your reward is with God. As for you people who are afraid of yourselves in fear, leave him, then he is the excuse of God. Al-Abbas: It means the covenants that Al-Abbas took on them in loyalty to the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him).
He gives us paradise for that.

(Reported by Imam Ahmad in Al-Musnad – (3/322-323, 3/339-340) and authenticated by Musnad investigators – Shuaib Al-Arnaout and his companions, and abbreviated by Abu Dawood in Al-Sunan (H 4734), and Al-Tirmidhi in Al-Sunan (H 2925) and authenticated it)

This is a true hadith of great value that shows what the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, was keen on to guide people and bring them out of darkness into light despite the obstacles and obstacles they put in his way. He exalts the status of Islam and its people.

And the benefits of Hajj are innumerable and uncountable, for the rest of the hadith, God willing.